I just received a gift from a fellow cooking enthusiast!  The Bouchon Bakery arrived at my place this week.  It's well thought out, artistically photographed and clearly written. If you're looking for a welcoming dessert pastry book, this is it.

As I write this, I have the Olive Oil Cake (p. 110) baking in the oven.  Buy this book - seriously, even if it's just for the photos, even if you just want extra insight into pastry technique - even if you're an expert baker.  This book is inspiring.